Sima Ghaddar

Sima Ghaddar

Graduate Student

Office: A83 Haines Hall


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  • Master of Arts in Sociology, UCLA, 2020
  • Master of Science in Political Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Philosophy, the American Univeristy of Beirut (AUB), 2013

Fields of Study

Political Sociology, Social Movements and State Building, Middle East Politics, Qualitative Methods, Ethnography


Book Chapters:

  • Cambanis, Thanassis, Dina Esfandiary, Sima Ghaddar, Walid Hanna, Aron Lund, and Renad Mansour. 2020. Hybrid Actors: Armed Groups and State Fragmentation in the Middle East. The Century Foundation Press.
  • Ghaddar, Sima. 2017. “Second Class Citizenship: Lebanese women fight to pass nationality to women and children.” in Arab Politics Beyond the Uprising: Experiments in an era of resurgent authoritarianism, edited T. Cambanis and W. Hanna. The Century Foundation Press.

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Awards & Grants

  • 2018 – 2023 Kerr Foundation Fellowship, Center for Near Eatern Studies (CNES), UCLA
  • 2018 – Dean Scholar Award, UCLA
  • 2020 – Graduate Student Research Mentorship Fellowship (GSRM), UCLA Graduate Division
  • 2021 – Graduate Student Research Mentorship Fellowship (GSRM), UCLA Graduate Division
  • 2021-2022 Irving and Jean Stone Fund for International and Undocumented Graduate Students, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
  • 2021-2022 Mosafer Centennial Fund for Near Eastern Scholars Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES), UCLA

Conference Presentations

  • 2019 – “Ethnic Politics and Political Party Competition in 1960s Lebanon: State Building During the Chehabist Era,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA)


  • Gail Kligman
  • Kevan Harris
  • Ching Kwan Lee